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Travel Vaccinations for DR Congo
The table below provides a general guide as to the Travel Vaccinations that may be advised to you for travel to DR Congo
Recommended Vaccinations for DR Congo at a Glance
All Travellers: MMR, DTaP
Most Travellers: Typhoid, Hepatitis A
Some Travellers: Hepatitis B, Yellow Fever, Rabies
|Vaccination||Major Risk Factors||Course||Price|
|MMR||Person-to-Person||Course of Two||£60|
|Hepatitis A||Person-to-Person||Single Dose||£86|
|Hepatitis B||Person-to-Person||Course of Three||£66|
|Yellow Fever||Person-to-Person||Single Dose||£80|
|Rabies||Person-to-Person||Course of Three - intramuscular||£66|
|Rabies||Person-to-Person||Course of Three - intradermal||£66|
The DR Congo is in central Africa and is one of the most underdeveloped places in Africa. Its expansive with a large population. Unfortunately, its not the safest destination to travel to at this time. Many Foreign Offices are advising against travel to the Democratic Rep
Advice for Travellers to all Destinations
The Vaccinations and Medications that are needed for travel vary from person-to-person. Everyone should have a personal risk assessment with a travel health professional to take into account a range of factors such as itinerary, medical condition, occupational and lifestyle risk factors and previous vaccination history.
All Travellers should ensure that they are up-to-date with Routine Vaccinations including Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio and Measles, Mumps and Rubella.
Most travellers will also need to consider a course or booster of Hepatitis A and Typhoid as there is a risk of these diseases across most parts of the world.
Some Travellers may also be advised additional vaccinations such as Rabies, Japanese Encephalitis and Hepatitis B based on their individual risk assessment.
Risk of Malaria in DR Congo
Malaria is spread by the plasmodium parasite passed to humans from the bite of an anopheles mosquito. Malaria is a serious illness with symptoms include fever, chills, sweats and flu like symptoms. In severe cases, malaria can be fatal. There isn’t currently a vaccine available for our travellers, although there are other ways to protect yourself, see Malaria Information for Travellers.
There is a High Risk of Malaria throughout the DR Congo at all times during the year including major cities and coastal areas.
Travellers to areas where there is a Risk of Malaria should get advice regarding Malaria Medication which can be taken to help stop the illness from developing. The type of medication required depends on your destination, itinerary, length of stay and current medical condition. Further reduce the risk of by practicing mosquito Bite Avoidance by using Insect Repellent such as DEET 50% and covering exposed skin by wearing long sleeves and trousers.
Yellow Fever Risk and Certification Requirements for DR Congo
About Yellow Fever
Yellow Fever is a serious viral illness spread by mosquitoes in the tropical regions of Africa and South America. For further information, please see Yellow Fever Vaccination.
Yellow Fever Risk in DR Congo
There is a risk of Yellow Fever across the whole of DR Congo. Travellers should get advice regarding vaccination prior to travel.
Yellow Fever Certification
There is also a Yellow Fever Certification Requirement for some travellers. For further information, please see Yellow Fever Certification Requirements.
Under International Health Regulations (2005), travellers who have been to an Area affected by Yellow Fever, or who have travelled via an airport of a country affected, are required to present an International Certificate of Vaccination (ICVP).
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Further Travel Health Advice for DR Congo
Dengue Fever is caused by mosquito bites from specific mosquitoes most active during daylight. There is no medical protection against dengue fever. What you can do however is avoid mosquito bites and use mosquito repellent if travelling to affected areas in he Democratic Republic of the Congo. Your travel nurse should be able to advise you.
Due to the fact that some parts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo are situated higher than 2500m, Altitude Sickness may present a problem. You can obtain altitude sickness medication and practice appropriate acclimatisation and gradual ascents to counter altitude sickness. Our travel nurse will be able to discuss precautions with you.
Depending on where you go in the Democratic Republic of the Congo weather can vary but always plan on rain at some point in your trip. Please check the weather for the time and areas you are travelling to so that you can adequately prepare and avoid heatstroke and sunburn.
Stick to the bottled stuff here as tap water is not safe. Bottled water is readily available.
You will be able to find something tasty to eat here, just make sure it’s from a reputable source. Try to stay away from the gin. It can be lethal if mixed with methanol.
Make sure you have health insurance in place that will cover the full range of activities you plan to undertake while in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.